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2021 is drawing to a close. This year was defined by our attempts to return to normality and, in the field of veterinary medicine, a heavy workload fortunately.
As is the case every year when we start looking forward to the next 12 months, we tend to think about new goals and new challenges. With our everyday clinical practice in mind, training is perhaps the most important goal, as well as the purchase of new equipment that can help us diagnose and treat our patients.
Many of you might be considering a purchase that will renew or update equipment you already have, in combination with a refresher course on its use (it’s so important to stay on the ball!). Many of you have already decided on x-ray, ultrasound and/or anaesthesia equipment.
However, after surviving these last 18 months, why not consider a new device that you don’t already have and that might make you stand out from your competitors in the sector? The device I’m talking about also offers a wide range of therapeutic options.
A device that offers numerous treatment options? Does that exist? IT DOES! I’m talking about laser therapy or photobiomodulation.
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Many of you will already have heard something about laser therapy. It is an emerging medical technique that involves exposure to laser light (with certain wavelength characteristics) to produce a series of beneficial clinical effects. It is fundamentally used to control inflammation or pain and to stimulate tissues.
Laser therapy can be used in many situations:
It should be remembered that not only small animal clinics can harness the benefits of laser therapy but also exotic animal and equine clinics.
Considering the general effects of laser therapy, you no doubt have numerous patients at your clinic that can benefit from laser therapy. You surely see one dermatology patient, one surgery patient and one osteoarthrosis patient during the course of a day. Perhaps what many of you are worried about is whether such a device will earn back the necessary investment.
Let’s use an example to see if you can cover this cost and let’s start out being very cautious when deciding which patients can benefit from laser therapy. Let’s start with two laser patients per day. Each session costs €25.
So, it will earn 50 €/day over five days/week, for a total of 250 €/week. That’s €1,000 at the end of the month and €12,000 by the end of the year. All this from just two patients per day.
If we can increase this to three patients per day, your income would rise to €1,500 at month end. In 12 months, that equates to €18,000.
Just like with any device, you need to understand the parameters of laser technology, its effects and what happens in each pathology in order to decide on the goals to achieve with laser therapy.
Application is simple and causes very little stress to patients. It is therefore highly useful in everyday practice. In fact, it won’t be long after you complete the training before you start using it in your clinic.
A laser therapy device requires very little care but correct maintenance is important, checking the treatment heads and preventing wear and tear, etc.
It is important to consider the after-sales service.
DoctorVet offers a comprehensive device with excellent treatment heads that adapt to each pathology and to the different patients that can be found in everyday clinical practice. It has protocols for different pathologies that consider the characteristics of each species and the various tissues affected by each pathology.
It also offers training to help veterinary professionals introduce laser therapy into their veterinary clinics.
That’s why we encourage you to explore the science of laser therapy and to think of it as a therapeutic option for your clinic.
“The science of today is the technology of tomorrow”. Edward Teller
All that remains is for DoctorVet to wish you all a very Merry Christmas (even if you’re working!) and a Prosperous New Year.
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